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Moldova team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.33CET
Moldova have competed in five FIFA World Cup and five UEFA European Championship qualifying tournaments but never threatened to reach the finals of either.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.33CET

Moldova team profile

Moldova have competed in five FIFA World Cup and five UEFA European Championship qualifying tournaments but never threatened to reach the finals of either.

Best result: have never qualified
Coach: Alexandr Curteian
Leading scorers: 
all-time – Serghei Clescenco (11); current – Viorel Frunza (7)
Most appearances: all-time – Radu Rebeja (74); current – Alexandru Epureanu (58)
Association formed: 1990
Nickname: None
Where they play: Zimbru Stadium, Chisinau

Moldova have competed in five FIFA World Cup and five UEFA European Championship qualifying tournaments but never threatened to reach the finals of either. They did, however, end their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign with arguably their finest result – a 5-2 victory away to a Montenegro side that had earlier led the group. It was only their fifth World Cup qualifying win compared with 11 in 48 EURO matches. Their most memorable streak of form came at the end of the UEFA EURO 2008 campaign when they claimed ten points from their last four games, including wins against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Hungary.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P48 W11 D7 L30 F47 A98
Final tournament: P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0
Qualifying: P48 W11 D7 L30 F47 A98

Moldova's best haul to date came in preliminaries for UEFA EURO 2008, when Igor Dobrovolski's side took 12 points from 12 qualifiers, finishing fifth in the seven-team Group C. Moldova's 48 UEFA European Championship qualifiers going into the UEFA EURO 2016 competition have included 30 defeats and 11 victories – two against Georgia and San Marino plus others versus Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Malta, Wales and Finland.

Under Romanian coach Gavril Balint, Moldova opened UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group E with a 2-0 win against Finland – their first competitive success in almost three years – but it was to be a false dawn. Seven defeats followed before the end of the campaign, though Moldova twice beat San Marino – their 4-0 victory in the final qualifying fixture the biggest competitive victory in Moldova's history.

Memorable EURO matches
03/09/2010: Moldova 2-0 Finland, UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying
Alexandru Suvorov and Anatolie Doros struck to earn a first competitive win since 2007.

11/10/2006: Moldova 3-0 Hungary, UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying
A resounding victory completed Moldova's best EURO qualifying campaign: 12 points from 12 games.

07/09/1994: Georgia 0-1 Moldova, EURO '96 qualifying
Igor Oprea's first-half goal meant Moldova made a winning debut to EURO qualifying.

Did you know?
In 1997 the British comedian Tony Hawks bet he could beat at tennis all 11 Moldovan players that had lost a World Cup qualifier to England; his attempt to do so became a book and then a film.

*Statistics last updated on 07/01/14

Last updated: 09/06/15 2.23CET

Related information

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 10/10/2017 09:21 CET
5 September 2016 05 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
Wales4-0Moldova
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR) Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff (WAL)
10/07/2017 17:48:10
6 October 2016 06 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
Moldova0-3Serbia
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR) Stadium: Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau (MDA)
05/15/2017 07:40:20
9 October 2016 09 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
Moldova1-3Republic of Ireland
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN) Stadium: Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau (MDA)
05/15/2017 07:40:21
12 November 2016 12 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
Georgia1-1Moldova
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (BUL) Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi (GEO)
06/03/2017 12:57:51
17 January 2017 17 Jan - Friendlies 2016-18
Qatar1-1Moldova
Referee: not available
02/13/2017 10:02:26
19 March 2017 19 Mar - Friendlies 2016-18
San Marino0-2Moldova
Referee: not available Stadium: San Marino Stadium, Serravalle (SMR)
08/07/2017 09:04:58
20 March 2017 20 Mar - Friendlies 2016-18
San Marino - Moldova
Match cancelled c
Referee: not available Stadium: San Marino Stadium, Serravalle (SMR)
08/07/2017 09:04:58
24 March 2017 24 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
Austria2-0Moldova
Referee: István Vad (HUN) Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
05/08/2017 09:43:54
27 March 2017 27 Mar - Friendlies 2016-18
Turkey3-1Moldova
Referee: not available Stadium: Atatürk, Eskisehir (TUR)
03/28/2017 10:13:53
6 June 2017 06 Jun - Friendlies 2016-18
Israel1-1Moldova
Referee: not available Stadium: Netanya Municipal Stadium, Netanya (ISR)
06/08/2017 11:31:39
Moldova2-2Georgia
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE) Stadium: Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau (MDA)
06/17/2017 14:02:49
2 September 2017 02 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
Serbia3-0Moldova
Referee: Tamás Bognar (HUN) Stadium: Stadion FK Partizan, Belgrade (SRB)
10/09/2017 17:33:09
5 September 2017 05 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
Moldova0-2Wales
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (POL) Stadium: Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau (MDA)
09/06/2017 08:27:10
6 October 2017 06 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
Republic of Ireland2-0Moldova
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED) Stadium: Aviva Stadium, Dublin (IRL)
10/07/2017 15:09:10
9 October 2017 09 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
Moldova0-1Austria
Referee: Bart Vertenten (BEL) Stadium: Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau (MDA)
10/10/2017 08:22:53

General info

  • Founded : 1990
  • Stadium : Stadionul Zimbru
  • Currently playing : World Cup 2016/2018, Friendly matches 2014/2016

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    11/10/2011, Moldova 4-0 San Marino, Chisinau
  • Biggest defeat:
    04/06/1999, Germany 6-1 Moldova, Leverkusen
    08/10/1995, Germany 6-1 Moldova, Leverkusen
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 6
  • Player with most appearances: 27
    Radu Rebeja (MDA)
  • Top scorers: 5
    Viorel Frunză (MDA)
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